Video: Mark Frauenfelder – Rice Demographics [BoingBoing TV]

Mark from Boing Boing:

I saw you at the Skirball Center over the weekend. Well, not you exactly. I saw a single grain of rice that represented you. In fact, there was one grain of rice for every person in the Americas there, arranged in categorized piles: the number of people who eat at McDonalds every day; the number of millionaires in the United States; the number of Billionaires; the number of people in South America who live on less than $2 a day, etc..

It was an exhibit by the London-based theatre company Stan’s Cafe, called “Of All the People In The World: The Americas.” They created it to help people understand hard-to-visualize statistics, such as the number of people who live in gated communities in the United States, the number of people who have been killed by tasers, and the number of people with AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.

Exhibition: Stan’s Cafe in Of All The People In All The World: The Americas

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